Spring Break March 29, 2021 to April 2, 2021.
Unit 4: Series Book Clubs supports the reading of series books. Student’s comprehension is supported when they encounter familiar characters and places, book after book, throughout a series. We will be teaching students to think across books and to build their stamina. Students will draw on previously learned strategies, and develop new ones, to integrate what they know about a character (or characters) across a series. Children will use this information to understand, predict, and critique a story. They will react and pay attention to the important parts of the story and learn about how stories in series tend to go. They will pay attention to predictable structures that contain familiar, typical elements; these observations will help them predict and understand the characters better. Finally, children will learn to make decisions about what they want to study, and how they will study those things together in reading clubs.
We will be starting our Writing About Reading Unit this month. Each day, the students will be working on their opinion writing by creating letters about the books they read in class. The students will make lists of opinion phrases and ways to express opinions respectfully. The letters that the students write will be placed in the books for other students to find and read before they open the book. At home, students can practice talking about their opinions and supporting those opinions with reasons and examples. The more the students are able to support their opinion, the stronger their writing will be.
In units 10 and 11 we will be solving one- and two-step word problems with addition and subtraction. We will be using all strategies learned such as standard algorithms, break apart, open number line, and many others. We will use drawings and models to represent equations such as using a bar model. Lastly, we will be focusing using cubes to help us solve. At home students should practice fact fluency and fact families.
We are beginning our Unit New York City from Past to Present time. The children will take a field trip through photos, books, and videos to show them what life was like when New York City first was established. Not only will they see the major differences through the decades, the children will also notice what has stayed the same.
Unit 4: Word Collectors The children’s vocabularies are beginning to blossom and grow, they need access to language and all the forms it takes—listening to, talking with, reading and writing of language in playful and constructive ways. The first bend of this unit focuses on fostering word consciousness. Students will learn that you can take one word, like paradise, and then think of other words that relate to it: utopia, candy shop, and perfection, to name a few. In Bend II, the focus shifts to studying compound words, with the aim of learning that word parts not only help readers to break a word apart, but also help them determine the meaning of a word, and then can be mixed and matched to make many new words. Bend III shifts students’ focus to prefixes and suffixes and their effect on base words.